Headquarters of the Berliner Volksbank

Arata Isozaki

The noted Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is yet another of the star architects who has helped to create the new modern area of Potsdamer Platz. This bank building is just south of the Daimler Buildings by Sir Richard Rogers. His work actually consists of two blocks with striking acute angles as well as a gentle curve in the front, joined by five three-story bridges. (See the plan.) The area between the blocks is designed as a park although this is not evident from the street.

Blocks set at the angles of the streets


Center: the long block heading northward toward Potsdamer Platz


The three-storey bridge passageway


Waffle-patterned mocha-colored facade

This view from the southwest gives a sense of the monumentality of the structure.

Center and right: the west side

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